Thursday, April 19, 2018

Why hasn't Assad provided protection for the UN Inspectors to verify the invalid claims?

April 17, 2018

The Independent: “Middle East Correspondent Robert Fisk in one of the miles of tunnels hacked beneath Douma by prisoners of Syrian rebels.”

Robert Fisk’s bombshell (click here) first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he’s encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.

Fisk is the first Western journalist to reach and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack widely blamed on Assad’s forces. Writing from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk has interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well-known videos which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack...

...Fisk goes on to identify the doctor by name – Dr. Assim Rahaibani – which is notable given the fact that all early reporting from Douma typically relied on “unnamed doctors” and anonymous opposition sources for early claims of a chlorine gas attack ...

The people need humanitarian assistance. This civil war is over. It is time Assad realize the poor conditions the people are living in and end their plight. 

..."This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks–and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world’s most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There’s even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the “gas” videotape which horrified the world– despite all the doubters–is perfectly genuine.

War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm...."

President Assad and whattever forces are in the area need to provide protections for the inspectors and there has to be humanitarian assistance for these people. They are dying under hideous circumstances resulting from the war. It is in Assad's favor to provide access and aid.

April 17, 2018
By John Sharman and Samuel Osborne

A UN security team (click here) came under fire in Syria while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit sites of a suspected chemical weapons attack, and officials said it was no longer clear when the inspectors would be able to go in.

The inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are in Syria to investigate an April 7 incident in which Western countries and rescue workers say scores of civilians were gassed to death by government forces.

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) had decided to carry out reconnaissance at two sites in the town of Douma before the inspectors would visit them.

“On arrival at site one, a large crowd gathered and the advice provided by the UNDSS was that the reconnaissance team should withdraw,” he told a meeting at the watchdog’s headquarters in remarks it later released. “At site two, the team came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated. The reconnaissance team returned to Damascus.”...

Symptoms of Asphyxiation (click here)

...Breathing Difficulty

The hallmark sign of a person undergoing asphyxiation is an inability to breathe normally. This may manifest as wheezing, clutching at the throat, agitation or loss of consciousness. Often, an afflicted person will turn blue from lack of oxygen and will gasp for breath but be unable to get air. If you see someone who is unable to breathe, call medical professionals immediately.


Following asphyxiation, a characteristic foam may form in the airways, according to ENotes. This occurs when lung mucus mixes with air in the trachea as the victim unsuccessfully attempts to breathe. This foam can be found in the lungs or the throat and is typical in cases of drowning....

The Missouri governor has a problem. Women need strong laws, prosecutors and judges to end domestic abuse and violence.

A mistress or girlfriend is a domestic partner whether or not the couple lives together. Being a girlfriend in some ways is more dangerous.

Invasion of privacy is a tort based in common law allowing an aggrieved party to bring a lawsuit against an individual who unlawfully intrudes into his or her private affairs, discloses his or her private information, publicizes him or her in a false light, or appropriates his or her name for personal gain.

It is amazing that a governor's wife was actually robbed at gunpoint. Albeit a Governor-elect in this picture, but, where was the security detail?

At any rate, this is the typical "stand-by-my-man" photo. It may have worked during the time of denial and legal shenanigans, but, will it work today considering a judge saw merit in the allegations?

In this Dec. 6, 2016, (click here) file photo, Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens and his wife Sheena speak to the media in St. Louis after she had been robbed at gunpoint the day before. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be bracing for a fight to preserve his political life after admitting to an extramarital affair but denying anything more. Greitens met Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, with Cabinet members and placed calls to rally support while his attorney issued firm denials to a smattering of allegations related to the 2015 affair.

...Though expressing disappointment about the affair and concern about some of the more lurid allegations that Greitens has denied, some Republican voters and party officials said their support for Greitens had not been shaken....

Missouri statute:

565.252. 1.(click here) A person commits the offense of invasion of privacy if he or she knowingly:

April 18, 2018

A St. Louis judge (click here) is allowing the criminal case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to move forward, rejecting a move by the governor's lawyers to dismiss it. Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Thursday disagreed with defense attorneys that the conduct by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and an investigator she hired was so bad that the only way to protect Greitens’ rights to a fair trial was to dismiss the felony invasion of privacy charge.

February 22, 2018
By Suzannah Gonzales, Karen Pierog

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (click here) was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said....

...“As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was governor. I did not commit a crime,” Greitens said in a statement. “I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action,” he added.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MIke Pompeo is problematic in any role regarding national security and international relations.

He has some serious biases that make me nervous about any role he has in national security or the US State Department. Now, those biases will also place him in favor with people like Vladimir Putin. Russia has long been a place where any LBGT or Muslim are considered subversive for reasons that are Russia, ie: the Caucasus Mountain (click here) region of Russia. The very place where the Boston Bombers called their homeland.

March 23, 2018
By Trudy Ring

...Pompeo, (click here) previously the Trump administration’s CIA director, was beginning his fourth term as a U.S. House member from Kansas when he assumed that position. In the House, cosponsored the State Marriage Defense Act, which attempted to slow the spread of marriage equality, and the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, a precursor to the current First Amendment Defense Act, which is essentially “license to discriminate” legislation. He also voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act when the domestic violence law’s language was expanded to explicitly include same-sex couples. In his three full terms in the House, he garnered two zeroes and a 30, out of a possible 100, on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard.....

...After the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, he said “deafening” silence from American Muslim leaders made them “potentially complicit” in terrorist acts, when in fact many of them had condemned the bombing. In his 2010 run for Congress, his campaign sent a tweet calling his opponent, an Indian-American, a “turban topper” who “could be a muslim, a hindu, a buddhist etc who knows.” Campaign staff later apologized....

This type of dialogue is not diplomatic. He will be judged by many in the international community as an extremist and racist. Mr. Tillerson did not have that problem, because, he was already a diplomat in his role at Exxonmobile. In places that might have been offended by Mr. Trump, wasn't by Mr. Tillerson and were willing to have open dialogues with him.

It seems as though Pompeo is a very good representative to the Trump World dogma and extremist right-wing bias, racism and bigotry. I think Pompeo walks on the same path as Trump. So, it is not surprising Trump would choose him. I am not sure a visit to meet with the president of North Korea is a sincere reflection of the qualities of a Secretary of State for the USA. I would have been more impressed if Dennis Rodman accompanied Mr. Pompeo. At least the racist tilt of this administration might be somewhat removed if Dennis visited as well.

...What a stark (click here) and alarming contrast to Pompeo’s views about Muslims. First off, Pompeo openly pals around with the nation’s top anti-Muslim activists: Brigitte Gabriel, the leader of “ACT for America,” and Frank Gaffney....

I think the most sensitive area that will be confronted by Pompeo as Secretary of State is the Iran Nuclear Agreement. There is no doubt, in my opinion, he will seek to end the continued agreement that the other signators uphold. Right now, Europe is extending welcome to Iranian business relationships to assist in building a stronger economy that Iran will value above any nuclear weapons.

The Tea Party runs a real risk to donors such as the Koch's near billion dollar donations, of which Paul Ryan will no longer oversee; if the views of these people are not upheld. In some ways, Trump's dialogue with China is an offense to the Kochs, but, somehow that is ignored for their own reasons for deregulation to exploit American lands.

Then there is Syria and Israel and the tensions existing since the bombing to end the use of chemical weapons. Pompeo will not encourage any peace negotiations within Syria. He will see Syria as a threat rather than a disarmed country and will want further involvement by the USA, regardless, of the Trump position of removing US troops from the area.

15 April 2018
By Nicky Woolf

...In response (click here) to an open-ended question on Friday about the relationship between the US and Russia, Pompeo, seemingly unprompted, dropped a bombshell admission. “In Syria, a handful of weeks ago, the Russians met their match,” the former Kansas Republican said, adding in a boastful tone that “a couple hundred Russians were killed.”

He was referring to a clash in February. The facts of the event were already known, but it had not been officially confirmed by US authorities, so Pompeo mentioning it in the Senate was a pretty big deal. Pro-Putin sites like Sputnik and Russia Today feasted upon the morsel of outrage, reflecting that the admission, especially the casual nature in which it was made, was likely a bigger deal in Russia than was clear at the time....

Additionally, the idea of seeking a peace agreement in Syria between all parties, except any remnant of Daesh, is trashed by Pompeo stating Russia is not a threat. THEREFORE, the US can feel confident that an invasion might be a preferred stance with a complete military confrontation with Iran.

That veiw of the world is grossly mistaken and completely incompetent. There is nothing that states the "Russia soldiers of fortune" is a good assessment of the Russian military prowess.

That hatred of any country or leader or religion does not belong in the State Department and/or the CIA as far as I am concerned, but, the CIA Director has minimal contact with international high level leaders to cause such deep divides that it CAN LEAD TO WAR. I really think Pompeo as Secretary of State is nothing more than the expression of animosity of the Tea Party, their racism and religious bigotry.

What is more distressing at the international level is the change in posture between allies of the USA and Russia. There are real movements of ships and jets that change the posture of the US Allies and Russia. It might be all show for the sake of Russian allies, including Syria, but regardless it is still occuring. Quite frankly, I don't mind France and the UK have taken back a safer stance considering the ongoing destabilized nature of Ukraine.

August 13, 2017
By Jonathan Shorman

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 12, 2017. Kelly won a Pulitzer Prize for the image.

Mike Pompeo, (click here) the CIA director and former Kansas representative, said President Donald Trump was clear in condemning bigotry in the fatal aftermath of a white nationalist rally in Virginia on Saturday.

“I think the president, frankly, was pretty unambiguous about what his Justice Department is going to do, the way he views how utterly inappropriate it is for this hatred and bigotry – I think the president’s remarks were very clear,” Pompeo said on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.

Trump was criticized for not condemning white nationalists by name in remarks he made following violence in Charlottesville, Virginia....

Mr. Pompeo is also a danger to the domestic landscape of the USA. He looks the other way when it comes to White Supremacists. There are members of his party that have gone to Europe to attend conventions of White Supremacists. He just is too extreme. I believe he is a good read to the values of the Trump White House and administration. I think the more power given to Pompeo, the worst the standing of the USA internationally.

There is simply no doubt who is at fault in the Charlottesville deaths. There is no doubt why they occurred. The leadership of the USA should have had no doubt as to addressing racist violence in the USA.

..."You see sunglasses and shoes and cellphones (click here) that aren't connected to people's hands or feet or heads. You see water spraying. There's just a lot of violent, violent details that are coming through in ways that you don't normally experience in everyday life," Kelly says.

The scene shown in Kelly's photo is the same incident in which 32-year-old Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer was killed, and in which 19 others were hospitalized.

"I'm honestly shocked that more people weren't affected by that," Kelly says. "It was such a violent collision. He was traveling so fast down the road when he collided with the crowd. It's amazing to me that more people didn't die, but I'm very thankful for that."...

Within the past few days, two young Hebrew men were attacked in a very nice neighborhood in Germany. The attacker used his pant's belt to attack a young Jewish man. Others nearby, including a friend, were able to break off the attack. There is a mobile phone video of the attack.

Germany is currently acting on legislation to make such attacks illegal in a way that if there is even any anti-semitic language spoken it is a violation of the law. An attack like this would bring severe consequences in this new approach of law enforcement. If Mike Pompeo with his extremist tilt goes to Germany there is no doubt to me he will be completely rejected as anyone with enough authority to actually address any German laws or leaders in a way that matters.

He is not the man for the job.

How old was this jet? The first ones were produced in 1996 and there are nearly 7000 in service.

Maintenance or age, which is it?

It has been some time since I set foot on a jet. But, when I did fly it was frequently, like every two weeks. I found a route with jets ten years old or less. I really think there needs to be "an end date" to service for commercial jets. When they are taken out of service they sit in a graveyard for parts or an extended life as a "cheap fare" airline.

I flew a route, not an airfare.

Cheap fares are because of poor wages in the American labor market. End of discussion. Ever hear of a "Vacation Club" or a "Christmas Club?" They were popular with the USA Middle Class and banks or credit unions. They were effortless and didn't hurt the family budget.

It is called PLANNING!

Lorton, VA (Washington, DC)      Sanford, FL (Orlando) (click here)
17 hours 29 minutes
Train Numbers
Frequency - daily

Ride the Auto Train with Your Car. The Auto Train transports you and your car (or your van, motorcycle, SUV, small boat, jet-ski or other recreational vehicle) nonstop from the Washington, DC area to sunny Florida, just outside of Orlando. This is the best way to drive I-95. And remember, you can pack your car as if it were your suitcase.

Half the fun is getting there. Doesn't everyone look forward to a family vacation every summer and a wonderful holiday with bright decorative lights reflected in wrapping paper and bows?

Buy early and save money. The more money one saves, the more to spend on vacations and holidays. Being in the Middle Class is fun. "Goals to achieve, not greed."

Moral lives laced with achievement, love, family and gratification. Work is moral. When it benefits a family, binds them together and prevents in the best way possible additions and abuses of children and young people. The Middle Class is a moral socioeconomic group that builds better lives. It is a good thing. The Middle Class should be growing, not shrinking.

Stop working for dirt cheap wages, the teachers in Oklahoma did! Those teachers are going to now build a better economy and stronger families. They will have better teaching resources and will provide education to children and young people that their families will embrace. I WANT IT ALL BACK!

It is ridiculous, especially, with the Super Jumbos. They carry more weight, have larger "air exposure" for lift and flight and sustain greater stress. I think there needs to be a real acknowledgment that cheap airfares can be very dangerous for real reasons.

I have always held that opinion.
52, 53Frequency: DailRide the Auto Train with Your Car. The Auto Train transports you and your car (or your van, motorcycle, SUV, small boat, jet-ski or other recreational vehicle) nonstop from the Washington, DC area to sunny Florida, just outside of Orlando. This is the best way to drive I-95. And remember, you can pack your car as if it were your suitcaseHalf the fun is getting there. Doesn't everyone look forward to a family vacation every summer and a wonderful holiday with bright decorative lights reflected in wrapping paper and bows?Buy early and save money. The more money one saves the more to spend on a vacation and holidays. Being in the Middle Class in the USA is fun. "Goals to achieve, not greed." 

April 17, 2018
By Les Shu

...Southwest flight 1380, (click here) a Boeing 737-700, was flying from New York’s LaGuardia airport to Dallas Love Field when the incident occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m. ET. According to the airline, the plane was carrying 143 passengers and five crew members. Although an investigation is underway, passengers reported an explosion of the left (number one) engine, shattering glass and sucking a passenger through a broken window. Witnesses also reported that passengers and crew attempted to save the victim and cover the hole, according to CNN.

“We could feel the air from the outside coming in, and then we had smoke kind of coming in the window. Meanwhile, you have passengers that were in that aisle, trying to attend to the woman that was bleeding from the window explosion,” Marty Martinez, a passenger on the flight, told CNN. “That was just chaos all around.”...                

If US Rep. Gowdy doesn't protect his reputation as a lawyer, his only option will be to be exploited by the Republicans and return as a cabinet officer with Trump.

I think Trey Gowdy is correct. He doesn't have much to show for his time in the US House. Which raises the question as to why he is asking for papers from the US Justice Department regarding the Mueller investigation when it is still an active investigation?

April 8, 2018

...Today, (click here) as he heads for the exit, Gowdy possesses a diminished stature among Trump loyalists as “a sellout, a RINO and a squish” for, in his view, defending the legitimacy of the investigation led by Robert Mueller into the role of Russians in the 2016 election and for not commercializing conservative principles “as some of my critics have.”...

I am sure the name calling doesn't effect him in the least, but, why does he believe the US Congress has the right to receive documents now within an active investigation. Certainly, he doesn't want to ruin his reputation as he leaves the US Congress.

...While a petition and a Facebook page call on Gowdy to primary the incumbent president in 2020, Gowdy, co-author with Sen. Tim Scott, a fellow South Carolina Republican, of a new book on divisiveness in American politics, is dismissive of any return to electoral politics: “You won’t see me running for political office again,” he said. “I’m done.”

And without a lot of regret. Pressed by Michael C. Moynihan of Vice News, Gowdy conceded he has not enjoyed his time in Washington. “I don’t have a lot to show for the last seven years.”

"The Party" is as much the problem as the wrongdoing of it's members. "The Party" consolidated power under Gowdy. Why? He was the only competent member of the US House to chair these committees or was it an attempt to some other weird idea, like high exposure to the public?

Trump looking for a new VP? Exit stage right. I actually think Trump pardoned Scooter Libby to pander to the Cheney end of the party for re-election in 2020. Certainly, Trump is more of a man for pardoning a member of the party no one else had 'the guts' for it. I am sure the party will be grateful.

January 13, 2018
By Chris White

...“When I (click here) became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence and Ethics. Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload,” he added.  Gowdy is the first congressman to serve on four committees simultaneously.

“It is unprecedented for any member of Congress to simultaneously serve on four committees,” Amanda Gonzalez, spokeswoman for Gowdy told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “When Rep. Gowdy was named Chairman of the Oversight Committee, he asked House leadership to be taken off one of his Committees, and was finally granted that request last week.”...

I have never been a fan of Trey Gowdy, but, why should he step into the realm of questionable ethics when asking for documents of an ongoing investigation? It matters when put back into the private sector and the path Gowdy would take at any cost for a paycheck.

I don't like corruption. It is a cancer every person should be afraid of.

There was far too much emotional trauma for our athletes.

The word "sexual assault" and "rape." Everyone should practice saying it. Make no mistake, this is a significant episode in the life of the victim.

I think the country will be hearing from the high profile victims from time to time. Ms. Maroney was molested hundreds of times by that monster. How does that happen? There are only seven in a week. It must be horrible to live with that nightmare. Of course, what makes it worse is they were helpless to end the abuse.

It is only right the American people are reminded of these episodes, no different than when Penn State had Jerry Sandusky running loose among it's athletes. I think reminding the public of these horrible episodes of sexual abuse will only strengthen the resolve of the country and the international committees to eliminate all of it.

One other thing and the reason foster parenting gives me pause is "The Second Mile" which Sandusky built as a place for foster children to grow up to become responsible citizens. It became his gaming compound. I read something recently about another such horrible incident recently. I think there were nine young people involved. These assaultive incidents seem to occur in areas where parents are not around, such as training camps and examination rooms.

Why wasn't Nassar required to have a female assistant or nurse in the room when examinations were taking place? The questions are many with all these incidents and the answers are slow.

Rather than a training camp, perhaps when an athlete qualifies for the Olympic team, they are provided a stipend to cover their training and travel. They had coaches before they had Olympic coaches.

April 18, 2018
By Tom Schad

McKayla Maroney

In an interview (click here) with NBC that will be televised Sunday night, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said Larry Nassar molested her "hundreds" of times, including on her first visit to Karolyi Ranch, the USA Gymnatics team's training facility in Texas.

"He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics. So you can't tell people this," Maroney told NBC. "I actually was like, 'That makes sense. I don't want to tell anybody about this.' I didn't believe that they would understand."

NBC published excerpts of Maroney's interview Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after she made her first public comments about Nassar at The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children charity luncheon in New York....

...Nassar will spend the rest of his life in prison after receiving two sentences of at least 40 years each in separate Michigan courts earlier this year, in addition to a 60-year sentence on federal child pornography charges in December. Nassar would serve the state sentences concurrently after his federal term....

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Scott Pruitt's sound proof booth. Who is he calling, Russia?

April 16, 2018

An internal government (click here) watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office.

The Government Accountability Office issued its findings Monday in a letter to Senate Democrats who had requested a review of Pruitt's spending.

GAO General Counsel Thomas Armstrong determined that EPA's purchase of the booth violated federal law prohibiting agencies from spending more than $5,000 for redecorating, furnishings or other improvements to the offices of presidential appointees without informing Congress. Because EPA used federal money in a manner specifically prohibited by law, Armstrong said the agency also violated the Antideficiency Act, and is legally obligated to report that violation to Congress....

My opinion is this:

It is going to sound way off the map, but, here it goes.

The mainstream media needs to be very dense on facts when reporting the news. If it is irrefutable all the better.

I had watched Hannity for a week or so a few months ago. There was not a truth spoken. Not one. It is my belief Hannity was testing the waters to provide an alternate reality to the American people at Trump's guidance. 

The mainstream media was on his case for a few days and believe it or not his ratings improved. So the idea, Hannity could go his own way and bring most of the people along with him is an incorrect assessment. I strongly believe Hannity's ratings suffered because of the chronic lies he was telling on his show. It is anyone's guess as to why he was telling them, too.

Lies are the stock and trade of this president and the only way anyone can be sure the American people are receiving the best information is to validate it over and over and over. Even as breaking news becomes apparent it has to be plain to everyone watching, "These are the early facts as we know them and it could change as the story unfolds."

When realizing the impact something like "InforWars" has on the naive American with little interest in reading so much as listening to fear mongering about conspiratorial government and political parties, there is a chance the lies Trump tells on a regular basis is part of that culture.

Please think about promoting the use of actual newspapers and their websites and rebuild the financial stability that a newspaper needs. Russia can't hack print or solid facts.

Elections are not about culture, it is about the country. Our laws brought about by elections ensure the people of the USA are provided the greatest freedom possible. It is the laws of the USA that provide freedom and cultural diversity. The elections are important and have to be based strongly in facts rather than political ideologies and myths.

I think Donald Trump has a network of powerful people working for him and his agenda and it was not completely an American agenda. I think when all this shakes out, we are going to be surprised at the depth of what seems like frivolous gossip at this point.

This is about the country. The country I know the mainstream media loves.

I consider articles like the one at this link very patriotic. The mainstream media and local media are loyalists to this country and the best kind of loyalists.

This is an example: From "The Journal Times" in Wisconsin. It is understandable why George H. W. Bush was taken by her.

August 15, 2018

Former first lady Barbara Bush, (click here) who was reported in "failing health" over the weekend, is in "great spirits" and the family is grateful for "everybody's prayers and thoughts," her granddaughter said Monday. Here's a look at Barbara Bush's life as a mother, first lady, philanthropist and more:

1943: Barbara Pierce...

Did I hear what I just heard?

There is a publicity nexus between Donald Trump and Sean Hannity guided by lawyers?

How long has this existed? Lawyers have been employed by Donald Trump and appeared on the Sean Hannity show to promote the same ideology? 

This is plot to steer the people viewing FOX News. It has dearly nothing to do with reality. This is an appalling revelation. It is a plot to move Donald Trump's agenda forward. I hate to bring someone else into this circle, but, where is Murdoch on this.

See, there is this silly idea that when a candidate appears on a news program or otherwise the other candidate is eligible for equal time. But, if Trump was allowing his lawyers to act as a surrogate to his political agenda without the knowledge of the people, this is propaganda that has steered the thinking of the viewership of Hannity in the favor of Donald Trump.

This is a billionaire employing lawyers to mesh his agenda into Hannity's show. The USA has trouble. Lots of it. It revolves around the corruption housed at FOX News.

How long has Trump been taking lessons from Putin?
18 April 2018

Hartford, Conn. (AP) — The families of two children slain (click here) in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have filed lawsuits against right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for claiming the shooting did not happen.

The defamation lawsuits were filed in Texas. That's the home state of Jones' media company, Infowars.

Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, the parents of Noah Pozner, filed separate lawsuits seeking more than $1 in damages.

Jesse and Noah were among the 20 first-grade students gunned down inside the school in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012. Six educators were also killed.

The lawsuits allege that Jones' insistence that the shooting was staged led others to make death threats against the victims' families.

Syria is of no consequence to USA national security. It poses no threat. I would think that obvious.

Destroying the chemical weapon capacity of Assad was sanctioned by a UN resolution. The USA, France and the UK took on the responsibility of enforcing the chemical weapons agreement in Syria. It could have been any other country that came forward to enforce the chemical weapons ban in Syria, but, it was three allies prepared to do the work.

There is no reason for the USA to consider any movement into Syria. It has no national security consequences. There are much bigger problems at hand and it includes the return of humanitarian assistance to the people.

Now, if killing people is all the people of the USA are interested in, they need to take a look at the death rate of gun violence in their own streets.

Many are asking what is next for Syria?

This is a regional map which includes Syria.

Does anyone actually think the killing should continue in Syria?

People talk as if there is some great option for killing more people. As if they have a right to make such decisions.

There are approximately 18.5 million people in Syria. Or at least that what it was in 2016,

Below is an illustration of a study regarding the future of croplands effected by the climate crisis. Syria entered into a civil war because the croplands dried up and farmers moved into the city. This map shows it is not just Syria that will experience a significant loss of cropland, but, most of the world due to the climate crisis.

What is next for Syria? Whether or not it can feed it's people. That is what is next for Syria.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sean Hannity should resign or be fired.

April 16, 2018

...Hannity on Air: ‘Michael Never Represented Me’ (4:01 p.m.) (click here)

Sean Hannity, who was poised to do a radio show when his name emerged in the court, said on air that he had asked Cohen for his perspective on some legal questions involving attorney-client privilege, but never talked to Cohen about any case involving a third party.

“I never paid legal fees to Michael,” Hannity said. “Michael never represented me in any matter.” He later added: I “may have” handed Cohen “ten bucks” and asked for attorney-client privilege....

He is using his celebrity to mitigate his relationship with Mr. Michael Cohen. That is at least an ethics violation, but, more so tainting the public's knowledge of the Cohen case.

It seems odd to me so many of the same people are entangled in all these legal issues. It is almost like a star chamber, no pun intended. 

I have a question. Just one question.

Elliott Broidy, (click here) center, an R.N.C. official, with Larry Mizel, left, a Trump donor, and Jeff Sessions. President Trump’s lawyer Michael D. Cohen arranged a payout to a model who became pregnant during an affair with Mr. Brody.

April 13, 2018
By Rebecca R. Ruiz and Jim Rutenberg 

A major donor with close ties to the White House resigned on Friday as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee after the revelation that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair.

The deal was arranged in the final months of 2017 by President Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen.

Under the terms of the deal, the Republican donor, Elliott Broidy, would pay the woman in installments over the course of two years, and she would agree to stay silent about their relationship, two people with knowledge of the arrangement told The New York Times. The deal was first reported by The Wall Street Journal....

Did Mr. Brody pay anything for the legal services of Mr. Michael Cohen?

It seems to me Mr. Cohen is not working just for Donald Trump, but, the RNC. I also believe at this point, Mr. Michael Cohen may be receiving his fees or salary, whatever the case may be, from the RNC/GOP since Trump's election. The RNC has been paying the attorneys for Mr. Trump and Mr. Trump, Jr. since investigations have opened.
Ms Daniels looked lovely today at the courthouse in her pale pink outfit. She was animated, charming, self-assured and willing to be committed to the end of the case.

I hope her daughter is doing well.

Every lawyer in the country has a particular investigator they work with. I want to know who Mr. Michael Cohen works with and what exactly they do. There is a very limited number of people who were knowledgeable of her relationship with Mr. Trump.

I look forward to a thorough investigation to conclude this case and allow Ms. Daniels peace of mind in living her life.

There is no full disclosure at the time of signing. No student ever got this information. I think it is litigable.

This is ridiculous. Loan forgiveness has to take place. No one borrowing for their education realizes it is this oppressive an issue at the time. 

The idea there is no Medicare or Social Security is outrageous. That is why an American went to school to get an education.

People need loan forgiveness. They are paying nothing but exorbitant interest rates and their age is telling of the injustice they have faced.

$26,400 is what a good car costs and it is paid off in six years or less. The interest rate is ridiculous. 

Years ago on this blog it was noted the "military drone" was no longer a simple machine for surveillance, but, a full battle ready jet fighter.

Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler which accompanied the bombers during the attack on Syria.

I am certain President Putin is doing his homework since the Syrian strike.

Syria wasn't able to organize a response until after the allied missiles found their targets. I refuse to ignore the fact a UN resolution was broken by President Assad when he continued to deploy chemical weapons. This was enforcement of that resolution. If the world does nothing but treat international agreements as pieces of paper, there will never be an effective diplomatic corp. that succeeds in bringing peace. Unfortunately, there are still leaders like Assad that disregard all priorities, except, their own.

Achieving peace is not about annihilation, but, of finding peace among diversity and acceptance. In the Nuremberg Trials, the German people were not on trial, the maniacal military of the Third Reich was on trial. Milosevic found out that killing was not the way forward, too. Genocide is illegal. We have yet to understand the extent deaths of small ethnic groups in Syria might be affected. UN humanitarian aid should be a high priority to realize the extent this hellish war with Daesh may have caused irretrievable deaths.

Iran and Iraq should be grateful the worst is over. Neither should be viewing any type of escalation now as legitimate.

April 15, 2018

Electronic warfare (click here) suppression, a decoy battle group in the Mediterranean and never-before-used stealth missiles were all part of the attack

Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's progress in the 7-year-old civil war.

The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles overnight in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria a week ago, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development center in Damascus' Barzeh district and two installations near Homs....

...The bombers were accompanied by a single EA-6B Prowler for electronic warfare suppression, potentially against Russian air defenses, as well as tanker support, according to a Joint Staff spokesman. Defense News added, "inclusion of the EA-6B is notable, as that aircraft was officially retired by the Navy in 2015 in favor of the more advanced EA-18G Growler."...